exclusive economic zone


: the area of sea and seabed extending from the shore of a country claiming exclusive rights to it

Examples of exclusive economic zone in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web It could be set off by a sudden Chinese move to militarize Scarborough Shoal, another atoll in the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone, which China seized from the Philippines in 2012. Michael J. Mazarr, Foreign Affairs, 9 Feb. 2024 Five missiles landed near Ishigaki in Japan’s exclusive economic zone in Okinawa Prefecture, which covers more than 150 islands between Taiwan and the Japanese mainland. Stephanie Yang, Los Angeles Times, 28 Feb. 2024 According to the 2016 ruling, which Beijing has never recognized, the Second Thomas Shoal lies entirely within the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone. Larissa Gao, NBC News, 4 Dec. 2023 Those concerns are felt perhaps most acutely in the Philippines, where fishermen have been blocked by Chinese vessels and Manila has been prevented from fully exploring oil and gas deposits within an area that an international tribunal ruled to be part of its exclusive economic zone. Camille Elemia, New York Times, 3 Nov. 2023 China on Friday once again disregarded Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ) and deployed a research ship along with five escort vessels to an area where a Russian state firm jointly operates a gas block with Hanoi in the energy rich South China Sea. Caitlin McFall, Fox News, 26 May 2023 Teodoro characterized the Philippines’ refusal to back down in the waters within its 200 nautical-mile exclusive economic zone as a fight for the very existence of the Philippines. Ivan Watson, CNN, 29 Sep. 2023 The missile reached an altitude of about 30 miles and landed outside of Japan’s exclusive economic zone, according to Japan’s Defense Ministry. Dasl Yoon, WSJ, 19 Mar. 2023 China has ignored the ruling: Manila says Beijing continues to send its maritime militia to Mischief Reef and Scarborough Shoal in the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone. Kathleen Magramo, CNN, 29 Sep. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1975, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of exclusive economic zone was in 1975

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“Exclusive economic zone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exclusive%20economic%20zone. Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

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